Houthis attack US, UK, Israeli ships in Red Sea, Indian Ocean

Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said the militia had launched five attacks on vessels in the past 72 hours. (File/AFP)
Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said the militia had launched five attacks on vessels in the past 72 hours. (File/AFP)
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Updated 07 April 2024
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Houthis attack US, UK, Israeli ships in Red Sea, Indian Ocean

Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said the militia had launched five attacks on vessels in the past 72 hours. (File/AFP)
  • Houthi military spokesperson said they had launched five attacks on vessels in the past 72 hours
  • Militia fired naval missiles at ships owned by the UK and Israel

AL-MUKALLA: Yemen’s Houthi militia said on Sunday that they had fired a barrage of drones and ballistic missiles against British, Israeli and American commercial and navy ships in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said that they had launched five attacks on vessels in the past 72 hours, including firing naval missiles at Hope Island in the Red Sea, MSC Grace F and MSC Gina in the Indian Ocean.

The first ship is owned by the UK and the other two by Israel.

Sarea said that they also conducted two drone strikes on two US Navy frigates in the Red Sea, adding that their drones and missiles hit their targets.

He added that the assaults were in support of the Palestinian people and retribution for US and UK bombings on areas of Yemen under their control.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces continue to carry out the decision to block Israeli ships and those traveling to occupied Palestinian ports from sailing in the Red and Arab Seas, as well as the Indian Ocean, until the aggression stops and the siege on the Palestinian people in Gaza is lifted,” Sarea said.

This is the first statement from the Houthi military spokesperson since March 26.

According to www.marinetraffic.com, which provides information about ship movements and locations, Hope Island is a marshal-flagged container ship sailing from Jeddah port in Saudi Arabia to Mombasa in Kenya, MSC Grace F is a general cargo ship sailing from Mogadishu port in Somalia to an unidentified port and flying the Panama flag, and MSC Gina is also a Panama-flagged container ship sailing from Sri Lanka to Salalah port in Oman.

The Houthis have previously accused US, UK and Israeli ships of hoisting the Marshall Island flag while traveling in the Red Sea to escape strikes.

The Houthi statement came hours after the UK Maritime Trade Operations agency, which monitors ship attacks, reported two incidents near Yemen’s southern and western shores in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea over the past 24 hours.

On Sunday, the UKMTO received an alert concerning an event 59 nautical miles southwest of Aden, in which the master of a ship reported that a missile had landed in the sea near the ship’s port quarter, but that the ship and its crew were undamaged.

The British agency on Sunday quoted a ship’s master as stating that two missiles were detected 60 nautical miles southwest of Hodeidah in the Red Sea, one of which was destroyed by US-led coalition marine troops and the other exploded nearby.

“The vessel reports no damage and the crew are reported safe. The vessel is proceeding to the next port of call,” UKMTO said in its notice.

Since November, the Houthis have launched hundreds of drones and ballistic missiles at international commercial and naval vessels in the Red Sea, Bab Al-Mandab Strait and Gulf of Aden.

The Houthis claim they solely target Israel-linked or Israel-bound ships to push Israel to let humanitarian supplies into the Gaza Strip.

In response to the Houthi attacks, the US and UK launched dozens of strikes on targets in Houthi-controlled Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, Hodeidah and Saada.

Last week, the militia’s leader, Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, said that 424 strikes by US and UK armies had killed 37 people and injured 30 others and that his troops had fired 125 ballistic missiles and drones against 90 ships during the past 30 days.


US envoy says diplomacy ‘urgent’ to stop Israel-Lebanon border clashes

US envoy says diplomacy ‘urgent’ to stop Israel-Lebanon border clashes
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US envoy says diplomacy ‘urgent’ to stop Israel-Lebanon border clashes

US envoy says diplomacy ‘urgent’ to stop Israel-Lebanon border clashes
  • US envoy Amos Hochstein: ‘The conflict... between Israel and Hezbollah has gone on for long enough’
BEIRUT: US envoy Amos Hochstein Tuesday called for the “urgent” de-escalation in cross-border exchanges of fire between Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah and Israeli forces raging since the start of the Gaza war.
“The conflict... between Israel and Hezbollah has gone on for long enough,” the presidential envoy said on a visit to Beirut. “It’s in everyone’s interest to resolve it quickly and diplomatically — that is both achievable and it is urgent.”

UAE allocates $70 million in humanitarian aid for Sudan

UAE allocates $70 million in humanitarian aid for Sudan
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UAE allocates $70 million in humanitarian aid for Sudan

UAE allocates $70 million in humanitarian aid for Sudan
  • Since the onset of the crisis, the UAE has launched an air bridge with Sudan and Chad

DUBAI: The UAE has said 70 percent of the $100 million pledge it announced for UN agencies last April will go towards supporting humanitarian aid efforts in Sudan, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the funds would be directed to key UN partners, including the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Food Programme, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Health Organization. The money will provide food and health support, protect women and children, and offer livelihoods and shelter in emergencies.
Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem bint Ibrahim Al-Hashemi emphasized the UAE’s commitment to humanitarian support for the Sudanese people. She highlighted ongoing efforts to provide aid in cooperation with the WFP, including operations in El-Fasher and other areas in Sudan.
Since the onset of the crisis, the UAE has launched an air bridge with Sudan and Chad, delivering 9,500 tons of food and medical supplies through 148 relief flights and a ship carrying some 1,000 tons of urgent supplies. Additionally, the UAE has supported Sudanese refugee camps in Chad and South Sudan by providing food.


Civil Defense extinguishes major fire in northern Jordan

Civil Defense extinguishes major fire in northern Jordan
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Civil Defense extinguishes major fire in northern Jordan

Civil Defense extinguishes major fire in northern Jordan
  • The fire affected over 320,000 square meters of trees and dry grass

DUBAI:  Civil Defense teams on Monday extinguished a fire that spread from the Zamal area in the Koura District to the Anaba area in the Northern Mazar District.

Koura District Superintendent Bassem Al-Khalayleh informed the Jordan News Agency that the fire affected over 320 dunams (320,000 square meters) of trees and dry grass. He praised the quick response of the Civil Defense, which contained and extinguished the fire, preventing it from spreading to neighboring areas.

Al-Khalayleh urged citizens to clean the areas surrounding their homes, remove waste and dead vegetation that pose safety risks, ensure the presence and readiness of fire extinguishers, and educate individuals about fire hazards. He emphasized the dangers of throwing cigarette butts in forests, leaving flammable waste unattended, lighting fires in grassy areas, and using fireworks near forests or residential areas.

Jordan is currently experiencing a severe heatwave, with temperatures soaring to record highs of 45 degrees Celsius in several regions.

The Jordan Meteorological Department reported that the heatwave is expected to persist over the coming days, particularly impacting the desert areas, Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, and Aqaba. Residents are advised to stay indoors during peak sunlight hours, stay hydrated, and avoid strenuous outdoor activities.


Tunisian security units foil 59 sea border crossing attempts, rescue 1,806 migrants

Tunisian security units foil 59 sea border crossing attempts, rescue 1,806 migrants
Updated 18 June 2024
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Tunisian security units foil 59 sea border crossing attempts, rescue 1,806 migrants

Tunisian security units foil 59 sea border crossing attempts, rescue 1,806 migrants
  • At least 18 Tunisians were rescued on June 15 and 16 with the remainder being from sub-Saharan countries

DUBAI: Security units in Tunisia thwarted 59 attempts to illegally cross its sea borders and rescued 1,806 individuals, state news agency Tunis Afrique Press reported on Monday.

At least 18 Tunisians were rescued on June 15 and 16 with the remainder being from sub-Saharan countries, the Directorate General of the National Guard announced in a statement.

Two bodies were also recovered, and 24 wanted individuals, including smugglers and middlemen, were detained. In addition, the authorities seized boats and outboard motors used in illegal migration operations.


Yemeni minister condemns Houthi attack on Taiz officials

Yemeni minister condemns Houthi attack on Taiz officials
Updated 18 June 2024
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Yemeni minister condemns Houthi attack on Taiz officials

Yemeni minister condemns Houthi attack on Taiz officials
  • The minister called on the international community, the UN, and its special envoy to Yemen to condemn this attack.

DUBAI: Yemeni Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism Muammar Al-Eryani strongly condemned the Houthi militia on Monday for targeting government officials in Taiz, state news agency SABA reported. 

The attack targeted Maj. Gen. Abdul Karim Al-Sabri, undersecretary of Taiz Governorate for defense and security affairs; Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Al-Majidi, acting commander of the Taiz Axis; Brig. Gen. Mohammed Al-Mahfadi, commander of Brigade 22 Mika; Samir Yahya Abdul-Ilah, director-general of the Cairo Directorate; and several other civilian, security, and military leaders. They were on a visit to National Army officers stationed at the old airport camp northwest of Taiz.

Al-Eryani said that the attack occurred less than 500 meters from the recently reopened Al-Kamp-Republican Palace road, after a decade-long siege imposed by the Houthi militia on the governorate.

The attack highlights the Houthi militia’s lack of commitment to peace and their intent to undermine any efforts to alleviate the suffering of citizens, the minister said. 

Al-Eryani called on the international community, the UN, and its special envoy to Yemen to condemn this attack. He urged for the militia to be classified as a terrorist organization, for its financial, political, and media resources to be cut off, and for measures to be taken to support the government in establishing control and achieving security throughout Yemeni territory.